Police and Fire Communications at the Scene of the Mass Shooting at Century 16 Theater in Aurora, Colorado


Short selected audio of fire radio communications available on RadioReference.com and edited by AP, revealing chilling radio traffic between the dispatcher and firefighters called to the scene of the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado and dispatchers.


WARNING: AUDIO IS INTENSE AND INCLUDES DESCRIPTION OF TRAUMA TO SOME VICTIMS. Aurora police communications audio is provided for public safety personnel and citizens to understand the timing factors, and early decisions made as an emergency situation/mass casualty situation is realized and acted on — including finding a suspect or suspects, determining the number of casualties, triage of victims’ injuries, organizing a proper response of police, fire, and medical personnel, securing the public from further danger, and securing the scene for investigation. The entire audio — almost 25 minutes in duration is unedited … no radio silence segments (which are minimal) were removed.

Communications involving suspect James Holmes in custody immediately following the shooting begins following at about 06:54 elapsed time from initial dispatch call.

Police order perimeter setup around the entire mall at about 7:17 elapsed time and following.

Police “hold the air” — meaning radio silence, and communication permitted only for police making entry into Theater Nine (presumably with gas masks) at 8:26 elapsed time. Police then confirm multiple victims inside Theater Nine. As many ambulances as possible are requested at about 8:54 elapsed time.

Police officer decides to rush a victim in his car directly to the hospital without waiting for an ambulance at elapsed time of 9:20. Immediately following a police officer reports ‘seven down’ — seven victims on the floor in Theater Nine.

A police officer in command requests Denver police respond mutual aid immediately following elapsed time of 9:50.

About 10:00 elapsed time, police are concerned about a second shooter or presumably an unarmed accomplice.

About 10:14 elapsed time a child victim is discovered.

A police officer in command asks for someone to shut off the movie that is still playing on the screen — following at about 14:20 elapsed time from initial dispatch call.

Police officer shows signs of ‘tear gas’ exposure immediately following the discovery of a rifle inside the theater at about 17:25 elapsed time.

Police on perimeter reported potential witnesses leaving the scene and requesting moviegoers are not released from the perimeter. He reports a person that “saw the whole thing” and request cars stop vehicles to see if witnesses are present in the vehicle at elapsed time of about 17:43 and following.

Police alert other officers to be alert a large recess of space behind the movie screens at about 20:05 elapsed time and following.

Denver police officers start announcing their mutual aid response to assist Aurora police at about 21:54 elapsed time.

See also …
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WARNING: AUDIO IS INTENSE AND INCLUDES DESCRIPTION OF TRAUMA TO SOME VICTIMS. Aurora fire communications audio is provided for public safety personnel and citizens to understand the timing factors, and early decisions made as an emergency situation/mass casualty situation is realized and acted on — including finding and arresting a suspect or suspects, determining the number of casualties, triage of victims’ injuries, organizing a proper response of police, fire, and medical personnel, securing the public from further danger, and securing the scene for investigation.